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Dealer Schaeffer Still on the Job After 60 Years

March 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Schaeffer Sixty years after buying a service station that became Tom Schaeffer’s Camping and Travel Center Inc. in Shoemakersville, Pa., the venerable dealership’s namesake and founder hasn’t slowed down much. ”I’m here six days a week,” said Tom Schaefer, 83, president of the Reading-area dealership he launched on April 15, 1955, after returning from a stint in the U.S. Army in Korea. ”I bought a service station and on the lot there were several Nationwide... Read more

Winnebago 2Q Sales Up, Earnings Off ‘Slightly’

March 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago Industries Inc. reported lower net income on slightly higher sales for its fiscal second quarter, ended Feb. 28. Revenues for the second quarter were $234.5 million, an increase of 2.5%, versus $228.8 million for the fiscal 2014 period. Operating income was $11.9 million for the current quarter compared to $14.0 million in the second quarter of last year. Fiscal 2015 second quarter net income was $8.1 million, or 30 cents per diluted share, versus $9.6 million, or 35 cents per diluted share,... Read more

FMCA Reunion Returning to Fairplex in Pomona

March 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Returning to the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., for the first time since 2008, the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) expects about 1,000 RV owners to attend its 91st Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase that begins Thursday (March 26) and runs through Sunday. ”It’s really shaping up to be a nice event,” said FMCA Executive Director Jerry Yeatts. ”We have all the major manufacturers represented, and Pleasure-Way returned to us for the first time in seven years. That’s a signal that the... Read more

RVIA: Shipments Continue to Climb in February

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RV wholesale shipments to retailers tracked by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) continued to improve in February reaching 32,045 units during the second month this year, a 12.5% increase over last month and a 4% increase over this same month one year ago. Reacting to an improved economic climate and rising consumer sentiment, wholesale shipments responded with the highest February total since 2006. In spite of winter’s disruptive patterns RV shipments have consistently outperformed... Read more

SSI: Towable Sales Post 8.2% Bump in January

March 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Retail sales of towable RVs climbed 8.2% in January from a year ago, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. Results by category showed: • Sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector grew 9.5% for the month. • Fifth-wheel registrations were up 8.9% in January. • Folding camping trailer sales declined 22.1% for the month. • Recreational park trailer sales fell 5.9% in January. Forest River Inc. was the towable sales leader in January with a 36.6% market share, edging... Read more

DEALER PROFILE: Acquisition Grows A & S RV

March 20, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Family-owned A & S RV Center has been a multiple location dealership for all of a few months. In January this year, the longtime Auburn Hills, Mich., dealership, a member of the Route 66 RV Network, purchased the former Freeway Auto & RV in Midland, Mich., located about 100 miles north. Owner Larry Andree said they had wanted to add a second location for some time, and reviewed other opportunities in different markets before settling on the Midland store. “We were looking for something... Read more

DEALER PROFILE: Campers Inn Grows Presence

March 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Campers Inn President Jeff Hirsch Campers Inn migrated south around eight years ago, extending beyond its stronghold in New England with the opening of its first out-of-market store in Leesburg, Fla. The move represented the initial peg in a concerted expansion effort that has created a network of outlets currently stretching through the Mid-Atlantic and along the Eastern seaboard. Jeff Hirsch, president of New Hampshire-based Campers Inn, related that expansion had always been part of the plan since... Read more

Genesis, Greenlam Toast Partnership in Elkhart

March 18, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Genesis Products President & CEO Jon Wenger (left) and Heather Jenks, vice president of RV sales (right) with Greenlam America Inc. COO Victor Sharma Genesis Products, an Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier of laminated panels and interior components to the RV industry, hosted an Open House Tuesday evening (March 17) at the 523 Tap & Grille in downtown Elkhart to officially announce its partnership with Greenlam America Inc. The informal event also provided the first opportunity for many in the... Read more

Curtin: Industry to See 6th Straight Growth Year

March 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Richard Curtin Editor’s Note: The following is a report from Richard Curtin, director of consumer surveys at the University of Michigan and a consultant for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), appearing in the Spring 2015 issue of Roadsigns. RV shipments surged in the closing quarter of 2014. Shipments totaled 85,400 units in the fourth quarter, recording a year-to-year gain of 17.8%, and the highest fourth-quarter shipment level since 2005. Moreover, fourth-quarter shipments... Read more

SSI: January Motorhome Sales Flat, Drop 1.7%

March 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

January motorhome retail registrations dipped 1.7% compared to the same period a year ago, according to the latest report by Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Thor Industries Inc. was the sales leader for the month with a 23.9% market share, edging out No. 2 Forest River Inc. which captured a 22.5% share. Winnebago Industries Inc. was third with a 21.5% share. Sales in the Class A motorhome market edged up 1.3% in January. Thor led the segment with a 24.5% market share followed by Winnebago (19.3%),... Read more

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